A Taxonomy of Barnacles: A Novel

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St. Martin's Publishing Group, 24 դեկ, 2013 թ. - 384 էջ
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The Barnacle sisters--Bell, Bridget, Benita, Beryl, Belinda and Beth--have been raised in New York bytheir eccentric, self-made father in a fabulous, gigantic Fifth Avenue apartment that, encrusted with Barry Barnacle's scientific collections, feels like a little piece of the Museum of Natural History transplanted to the other side of Central Park. Now that most of the sisters have come of age, Barry Barnacle proposes a contest, a test of wits and wills that should at long last settle what is to Barry the most essential of all questions: nature, or nurture? Whichever of his daughters can most spectacularly carry on his name will inherit his fortune; the others are out cold.

It's a proposition to set a Jane Austen heroine on her ear, but in Galt Niederhoffer's A Taxonomy of Barnacles, the Barnacle girls are up to the challenge. Throw the girls' mother Bella and their childhood crushes--the Finch twins next door--into the mix and the stage is set for a completely inventive and utterly fresh social comedy that is as beautifully written as it is unique.

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Barry Barnacle has issued a challenge to his offspring. In a move that reminds one of a Jane Austen novel, Barry has told his six daughters that since he has no son, whichever one of them can find a ... Read full review

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In continuing to work through the massive amount of random used books that I impulse purchased at a church book sale, I came across this gem. And by gem, I mean tedious, pretentious, "aren't I edgy ... Read full review


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Galt Niederhoffer started her own film production company in her early twenties, and has produced three award-winning Sundance movies. She is the author of A Taxonomy of Barnacles, The Romantics, and Love and Happiness. She lives in New York City.

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